Good morning! I’m glad you all are enjoying the new Race Recaps Series.  I think I’ll be posting them once or twice a week, so stay tuned for more motivation!


It’s a little dreary out in Charlotte today, but I don’t mind.  I actually love warm, cloudy days (my favorite form of weather is summer thunderstorms).  I’ll be stuck inside working all day anyway.  🙂


Here’s a fun little breakfast (or snack) idea:  1-Minute Better-Than-Granola!


I used to be a granola addict until I realized how great uncooked oats taste with yogurt.  Granola, while totally yummy, tends to be pricey and full of added sugar.  You can make it yourself, but it takes at least half an hour + cooling, which is why I usually just mix up raw oats (the 5-minute or steel cut kind works best).


I felt like putting in a little extra effort this AM and created this yummy Better-Than-Granola combo.  No cooking required.  You could double or quadruple the recipe and store it in the fridge for the future meals, too!




  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1.5 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Combine everything together and serve with yogurt and fruit.  The vanilla extract is key because it begins to bind everything together by moistening the chia seeds (which are full of Omega 3’s!).  You could easily swap out the sunflower seeds for another nut, too!


Work is calling – I better answer. 🙂


What’s your favorite type of weather?



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 21, 2011, 9:22 am

    I still haven’t tried your raw oats combo but I’m going to make a point of doing it this week! My favourite weather is nice and warm, about 25C (which is about 77F). I used to live in the Middle East, so I’m very much a warm weather person now…. Christmas without snow is just fine by me! 🙂

  • VeggieGirl March 21, 2011, 9:22 am

    My favorite type of weather = cool breeze, sunshine, spring-like weather.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 21, 2011, 9:23 am

    Ohh love the idea of this no-bake granola! Looks delish.

    My favorite kind of weather is in the 60s/70s with no jacket required!

  • kristine March 21, 2011, 9:24 am

    I am now craving a banana… haha

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 21, 2011, 9:24 am

    Awesome idea.

    Whenever I try to make granola at home it turns out shitty anyway.

    • Maggie March 21, 2011, 12:16 pm

      So clumpy, right?

      • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 21, 2011, 12:26 pm

        LOL! Actually the opposite. …maybe “shitty” was a bad adjective.

        • Caitlin March 21, 2011, 8:42 pm

          I know what you mean – my homemade granola is always sh*tty too. (trying not to curse) LOL

  • Lisa Fine March 21, 2011, 9:25 am

    I love beautiful, sunny days, preferably in the 70s or 80s. But I also love sunny days in the 50s and 60s, cause they’re perfect for running. Bring on spring! (But not the allergies.) 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 21, 2011, 9:25 am

    On the weekends, I love bright and sunny, but like you said, when I’m stuck inside working all day, bring on the clouds! it makes is cozy 🙂

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 21, 2011, 9:25 am

    I like cool but sunny weather. 65-72F is ideal for me. Perfect for sleeping, walking, and car trips! 🙂

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 21, 2011, 9:26 am

    GORGEOUS shot of the blooms!

  • Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 21, 2011, 9:26 am

    My favorite type of weather is warm and windy! Or rainy if I dont have anywhere to be and its only for one day 🙂

  • Amanda March 21, 2011, 9:27 am

    The best weather is 75* and sunny! We have a bit of time before that hits us in NY though.

    Have you always been a yogurt person? I really want to like it, but I can’t seem to get it down. I’ve tried different brands and different mix-ins, but I can’t get over the tart flavor… Any tips?

    • Caitlin March 21, 2011, 9:41 am

      Add honey to make it sweeter and gradually reduce the amount of honey you use 🙂 It might also help for you to mix it into something like this granola – I don’t really enjoy yogurt plain, either.

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:35 am

      I don’t like plain yogurt, but I find it’s more palatable if I put a little bit of hot chocolate mix in it, just like 1/2 a teaspoon. Less healthy than Caitlin’s advice to use honey, but chocolate makes everything better.Sweet fruits like strawberries, blueberries and grapes are good too. I like anything cinnamon-flavored too. Or use a little vanilla extract– instant vanilla yogurt!

    • Emily G. March 21, 2011, 12:33 pm

      I mix plain yogurt with cinnamon applesauce. I lovvvve it!

  • Lesley Lifting Life March 21, 2011, 9:27 am

    I prefer a bright sunny day about 80 degrees … but I do love summer thunderstorms at the same time 🙂 It’s fun to hearing the rolling thunder and hear the cool rain.

  • Kara March 21, 2011, 9:27 am

    My favorite type of weather is a warm sun with a cool breeze, basically San Diego weather. One day we will live there!

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms March 21, 2011, 9:28 am

    summer thunderstorms are one of my favorites! or sunset during the spring/summer – shorts and a long sleeve shirt weather 🙂

  • Freya March 21, 2011, 9:29 am

    Ooh that’s a super clever idea!
    I like warm weather (NOT hot), with clear’s lovely to walk in. But I also love really horrible nasty sounding storms, if I’m tucked up in bed with a book 😛
    And thunder & lightning, I LOVE!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 21, 2011, 9:30 am

    I love the kind of weather that I can wear jeans, a cardigan and flip flops. That would be a nice 70 degrees with a breeze. Perfect!

  • Michelle March 21, 2011, 9:33 am

    My favorite weather depends on my mood. I love hot hot weather but then I can’t stand the thought of living somewhere like Florida where it gets SO hot and is SO hot most of the year. However, living in WA we get too much rain and not enough sunshine 🙁

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 21, 2011, 9:33 am

    I love granola too, but I don’t buy it because of the price and I have yet to make my own.

    Have a great day Caitlin!

    • Caitlin March 21, 2011, 9:42 am

      Have a great day too!

  • Ann @ Day by Day March 21, 2011, 9:38 am

    I will definitely be making that granola mix. I love raw rolled oats with yogurt now thanks to you, so I’m sure this will be great too!

    My favorite type of weather is the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall. So mild and slightly breezy and lots of beautiful sunshine.

  • alison March 21, 2011, 9:39 am

    I’ve been eating raw oats for quite some time. Sometimes I’ll add a spoonful to my regular cereal and milk.

    I love cloudy, rainy days. I woke up to rain this morning and couldn’t have been happier.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 21, 2011, 9:43 am

    My favorite is a crisp fall day when the leaves are crazy bright and someone far away has built a fire. You can smell the fire when you’re outside picking apples.

    If there were a place that was fall all year-round I’d move there in a heartbeat.

  • Kate @ the pseudovegan March 21, 2011, 9:43 am

    My favorite is spring and autumn, I like the “in-betweens”! I haved lived in Pittsburgh for the last 5 years, and the weather in the winter drains you of any life and energy. It is cloudy 6/7 of the week and leads to horrible winter blues. I am finally moving back home to Philadelphia and can’t wait for the normal weather patterns and SUN!

    love your blog 🙂

    • Caitlin March 21, 2011, 8:42 pm

      Dude, I went to PITT for college and I totally know what you mean.

      • Kate @ the pseudovegan March 22, 2011, 6:08 am

        me too! I graduated from Pitt Nursing last year. Pitt is great, the weather NOT SO MUCH!

  • Baking 'n' Books March 21, 2011, 9:51 am

    Hmm…seems I have been doing that all along!! 🙂

    Extract – yes. Have you tried Maple Extract? So much better than vanilla!

  • emily March 21, 2011, 9:52 am

    Shameless plug – my granola recipe takes less than 10minutes!

    I like it when the weather is warm but dry (not humid!).

  • Cara March 21, 2011, 9:53 am

    That looks great! I love raw oats in place of granola in my yogurt!
    My favorite kind of weather is 60’s or 70’s and sunny! Perfect jeans and tshirt weather!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 21, 2011, 9:54 am

    My favorite weather is HOT SUMMERTIME!!!! Haha…I’m so done with winter at this point.

  • jen @ taste life March 21, 2011, 10:00 am

    Sunny days with a few fluffly clouds brighten my spirits the most, but I’m not against a rainy day when I can be inside and snuggling with the manfriend and the cats, reading a good book.

  • peacebeme March 21, 2011, 10:04 am

    85* warm, dry, sunny, Denver weather!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2011, 10:09 am

    SUN and 26 C is my fav weather 🙂

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 21, 2011, 10:21 am

    I love fall weather. When it’s 65 and everything is so colorful is my favorite time of year.

  • ashleigh March 21, 2011, 10:27 am

    I love hot sunny weather! 75 degrees… no clouds in sight, take me there!!!!!!!

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 21, 2011, 10:35 am

    Raw oats with yogurt are my breakfast staple. I definitely have to try your “granola” combination now!

  • Joanne March 21, 2011, 10:40 am

    Great idea for quick granola and good nutrition.
    My favorite weather is 80 degrees for lounging.
    75 degrees for working in the yard.
    45 degrees for running.

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine March 21, 2011, 10:44 am

    This is a dumb question, but everytime I see you or other bloggers make breakfasts like this I always want to know… do you eat those oats raw? Do they moisten in the yogurt?

    My favorite type of weather is sunny but not hot and a slight breeze. Perfect sundress weather!

  • Orla March 21, 2011, 11:01 am

    I live in Ireland. Where it rains a lot. My favourite days are like the ones we just had for Paddy’s Day – clear skies, sun, and a nice feeling that Spring is finally here. I am not overly fond of hot sun though as I tend to burn in about 60 seconds flat. The joys of being ginger with freckles!
    As for Granola, I make my own and each batch lasts 2-3 weeks – and best of all you can add whatever you want to it – dried fruit, cacao nibs, oats, quinoa flakes – and surprisingly I can exercise some self control with it. When you break down the cost per serving it is quite cheap.

  • Claudine @ The Kathmanduo March 21, 2011, 11:12 am

    I never thought about eating raw oats like this — great idea! I predict that a new trail mix recipe is in my future…

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 21, 2011, 11:13 am

    Tis a bit dreary here right now as well (Boulder, CO), but warm enough (read: no snow, haha). A perfect day for being productive indoors for a bit. Happy Monday; good luck on your tasks! 🙂

  • AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon March 21, 2011, 11:14 am

    I secretly love when the weather gets cool in October–when Fall really starts and the air is crisp and smells like leaves. BUT I also love a summery day when you can be outside in just a t-shirt and the sun actually warms you up.

    Your oats always looks so delicious!

  • monicanelsonfitness March 21, 2011, 11:25 am

    I love southern california weather, it is main reason why I live here!

  • Caitlin @ TPL March 21, 2011, 11:25 am

    You’ve had me hooked on this for a few months now and I just recently got my mom in on it! I love how chewy the oats get with the yogurt!

  • Charise March 21, 2011, 11:32 am

    I love like 70 degrees, mostly sunny, light crisp breeze – early fall or late spring, basically.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence March 21, 2011, 11:33 am

    I really love the high 60s and 70s. Warm but not too warm!

  • Carrie March 21, 2011, 11:39 am

    I am a mother-of-two-back-in-[nursing] school, and your healthy meal ideas are so helpful! –Simple and DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing! Also, as one who has struggled in many body-image areas, your perspective is truly “BEAUTIFUL,” and I know it touches the heart of many young women of ALL ages. Keep it up!
    Oh, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall — chill in the air and all things pumpkin.

    • Caitlin March 21, 2011, 8:43 pm

      Thank you so much Carrie 🙂

  • Ashley March 21, 2011, 11:41 am

    I love warm, sunny days! I totally do the raw oats thing – you turned me onto it! It’s so delish!

  • alli March 21, 2011, 11:53 am

    yum! i actually just went to the kitchen to make that exact “granola” 🙂 it tastes great!

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 21, 2011, 11:56 am

    Thats such a great idea! I can’t wait to try it instead of sugary granola!

  • Emily March 21, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Thankfully I love plain yogurt, better than normal sweetened yogurt. I’ve really been enjoying trying Greek yogurt. It’s very tangy and goes well with fruit and peanut butter. And I will definitely definitely try your oat combination. It sounds great and like you said, better for you than really sweet granola.

  • Khushboo March 21, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Snap on the breakfast! I love raw oats w fruit! My fave combo is strawberries, banana, apple, raisins(can yu tell I like variety??) w oats, unsweetened coconut, flaked almonds, flax, tspn peanut butter, plain yogurt and a tiny bit of honey. So yum and also makes a great dessert!

  • Amber K March 21, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I love mixing oats with vanilla yogurt. Absolutely delicious!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 21, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I need to give raw oats a try! And my perfect weather = sunny and warm with a slight breeze. With that being said, it’s snowing in MA! Bleh.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 21, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Mmmmm love this! 😀

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 21, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Love the spring time! Mid 70s, sunshine, breeze. My favorite!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats March 21, 2011, 12:18 pm

    It’s sleeting/snowing here right now!? Ugh. Spring in New England. I totally want that granola right now.

  • Charlie March 21, 2011, 12:24 pm

    I love when it rains at night. Sleep is better :).
    My favorite summer was a couple years ago: it was sunny almost every day but rained almost every night ;).

  • Molly March 21, 2011, 12:25 pm

    You could also toss the combo into a frying pan to toast the oats and make it crunchy like granola!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie March 21, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I love yogurt so much that I never do anything with it. I should definitely get more creative instead of eating with just honey! haha

  • Emily March 21, 2011, 12:44 pm

    I LOVE oppressively hot weather. I know. I’m crazy.

  • Kacy March 21, 2011, 12:48 pm

    High 70s for just enjoying the outdoors. Mid-60s for outdoor running. I love a warm day!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 21, 2011, 1:01 pm

    I would totally do the raw oats, but I have a feeling my less than strong stomach wouldn’t be able to digest them very well! Looks good though!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 21, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I feel that same way about sugary-granolas. And I just love raw oats. When I was a kid I would eat the oats right out of the container while my mom made oatmeal.

    Vanilla is a must-add for me right now. And cinnamon. In everything. 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 21, 2011, 1:20 pm

    I love fall the most. However right now I just cannot wait for spring! So close yet so far :).

  • Jolene ( March 21, 2011, 2:03 pm

    I like spring, when it is starting to dry up, but some puddles still exist for the kids to jump in. And to be clear, by “kids”, I mean me.

  • Clarissa March 21, 2011, 2:05 pm


  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 21, 2011, 3:00 pm

    I love any type of warm weather… especially when it calls for thunderstorms!!!!!! ohhhh I can’t wait for a thunderstorm!

  • RebekahK March 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

    I love a good storm, or rain without a storm. I wish I had a tin roof to enjoy the sound, but since I don’t I usually open the back door so I can hear it hit the patio. Sunny days are nice too as long as they stay below 85 degrees = )

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 21, 2011, 3:49 pm

    ahhhh yogurt messes are the best esp. the mornings after a heavy dinner/bloating/constipation. haha sorry TMI!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 21, 2011, 6:15 pm

    thats a great idea! I love raw oats, too, but I still love granola….mmmmmmmm

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 21, 2011, 7:06 pm

    What a great idea to jazz up raw oats! 😀

    My favourite weather is hot hot hot!

  • Kristen March 21, 2011, 8:55 pm

    I love granola! this has to be recreated ASAP haha

  • Marissa March 21, 2011, 9:20 pm

    I love spring weather. Sun out, a light cool breeze. Shorts, long sleeve and flip flops!

  • rebecca lustig March 21, 2011, 9:27 pm

    LOVE raw oats!

  • Michelle March 22, 2011, 8:24 am

    I love snowy weather, and I know I’m in the minority. I got married a couple of years ago in January and I insisted on snow pictures. It snowed here yesterday/last night, so I guess I live in the right place!

  • Sarah March 22, 2011, 10:56 pm

    mmmm I put raw oats in my yogurt ALL the time! This combo looks and sounds delicious I cant wait to try it out!

  • Erin March 23, 2011, 12:26 am

    Was wondering.. you always have amazing and delicious looking breakfast options on your blog.. have any suggestions for a solid breakfast that packs a ton of protein? Eggs make me want to puke now in the morning!

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